CH3 – Tuesday 9th January 2018 – The Plough, Whitegate
This was the 25th time that we have run from The Plough at Whitegate which is currently in 8th position of those pubs we have most used to host hashes. The Plough is a popular pub / restaurant in a great location with an excellent reputation. We are always squeezed into the bar away from the restaurant; but the management and staff are always very welcoming, the beer is excellent and the chips first class. The pub encourages walkers and there are quite a few brilliant walks available from the pub.
Rob Baddeley and I were the Hares for the night; with Rob leading the charge and me playing the sweeper role - to ensure that no one was lost and that we stayed together.
Rob & I laid the markers on the Sunday before the run, and thankfully there was no significant rain for the days before Tuesday evening. We have had a lot of rain in recent weeks, but a few days of dry weather meant that the going may be described as “soft” rather than muddy.
The trail was six miles with 30 checks and just over two hundred and fifty feet of ascent and descent (fairly flat!). There were 3 check-backs incorporated in the trail to try to ensure that the pack stayed together after the longer stretches. Last time we were here our markers caused some consternation in the Whitegate area as a number of the residents thought that these markers were indicators of properties that had been chosen to be burgled. As far as we are aware, there were no such concerns on this occasion.
There were 41 Hashers, 38 humans and three dogs. The walkers comprised of four humans and one dog and the Dissidents comprised of five humans and two dogs; which meant that there were twenty nine folk on the main Hash. The main Hash welcomed a new Hasher – Ben Dodman, we hope to see him on a regular basis; and after a gap of 35 years James Verney joined the walkers (he had hashed 4 times in 1982).
Fortunately, Roger Turner managed to come to the correct “Plough” this week. Last week he turned up at The Plough Whitegate, whilst we were Hashing from The Plough, Radway Green although he did manage to get there eventually.
The route ………….
We turned right out of the pub onto and along Beauty Bank; then we took the footpath on the right which joined onto Dalefords Lane. We turned right along Dalefords Lane and then immediately right along a footpath leading to Foxtwist Green. At this point we went straight ahead towards Cinderhill; here we turned left heading back towards Dalefords Lane, but before that junction we turned left which took us back onto Foxtwist Green. We followed Foxtwist Green passing the footpath on the right, where we had emerged a few minutes earlier, passing another footpath on the right and two on the left. Shortly before Foxtwist Farm, we turned right along the footpath through the woods. We went down to and alongside the mere and then across a field; before following Bogart Brook through some woods. As we left the woods we turned left towards Gale Green Farm. Just before the farm we turned right along a footpath which took us to The Whitegate Way. At the Whitegate Way we turned right and followed the track, eventually crossing over Dalefords Lane on a bridge; and then, after our 1st check-back, turned right down a footpath to Dalefords Lane. At Dalefords Lane we turned left and left again up Cassia Green Lane. We turned left off Cassia Green Lane and ran across the fields back to The Whitegate Way. We crossed Whitegate Way and ran to Marton Hole Pond where we took one of the four ways along a track before turning right and headed past Marton Villa and Marton Green to Clay Lane. As we passed the farm at Marton Villa the Farmer had kindly re-directed the Hash through his farmyard rather than forcing us to follow the footpath through a very, very muddy section – we were expecting much abuse at this point but in the event we passed through without complaint. At Clay Lane we went straight ahead onto Common Lane. Just after Common Lane turned to the left, we turned right and re-joined The Whitegate Way. We turned left onto The Whitegate Way (passing caravans to the left and caravans to the right) and just after The Paddocks housing development on the right and following our 2nd check-back, we turned right and ran alongside the mere to Overdale Lane. As we turned, I was delayed on the Whitegate Way as I waited for lights in the distance thinking that they were stragglers only to find that they were cyclists and not part of our group. However, I was able to get to the front of the pack before Overdale Lane as everyone ahead of me went the wrong way. We turned right onto Overdale Lane and kept straight ahead and then onto Nova Scotia Lane until we reached Clay Lane and our 3rd check-back. As time was marching on we decided not to bother with checking at Clay Lane; we went straight ahead as planned along Cassia Green Lane before turning left and back towards Dalefords Lane. At Dalefords Lane we went straight on onto Beauty Back and back to the pub.
During the evening the Dissidents and the main Hash passed by a couple of times and the Dissidents overtook one group of walkers towards the end of their run.
We arrived back at the pub at 21:15 – we had been held up somewhat at the many challenging stiles we encountered. Unfortunately these days, quite a number of our Hashers experience difficulty getting their legs over. Nevertheless, we weren’t back too late and it appears that it was just another fairly average trail.
The next Baddeley–Lever production will be from another favourite venue The Tigers Head, Norley on 20th February. In the meantime, there are lots of Hashes to look forward to. Next week Matthew Hargreaves will be in charge at The Windmill, Tabley.
There were quite a few gaps in the Run Setting Schedule for the coming weeks; but now these have all been filled by enthusiastic volunteers until the end of April 2018; apart from 10th April which remains open.
10th January 2018